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Summer Fun, France And Family!

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it…
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What To Do After Launch Day!

So Where Hope Begins is now out in the big wide world. Godspeed, my lovely. And yesterday was a little nuts. The nerves. The onslaught of notifications. The well wishes and fun comments, and feedback. All wonderful and totally mind blowing, not to mention a tad overwhelming. Oh and did I mention a Facebook LIVE…
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10 Stages of Book Birth – An Exposé

Today we are one week away from the release of my new book, Where Hope Begins. And there are a million things I should be doing right now. So I’m blogging. As you do. Also, since I connected my blog to my new website, I’m really not sure anyone is seeing it. So if you…
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Write, Straight Up

Not on the rocks. Not with a splash. Maybe a twist, that’d be fun. But don’t water it down. Write what you want to say, write from you heart, and write, for the love of everything, like you mean it. If you don’t mean it, don’t waste your reader’s time, or yours. After 20 something…
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Newsy Book Related Stuff and Giveaways!

So blogging is clearly not at the top my ‘things to do’ list lately. Life is crazy busy and I’m working hard to carve out writing time in between babysitting and book release stuff and laundry and trying to remember to make dinner. 🙂 But anyhow, for anyone still popping over here, I’ll share a…
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Full Disclosure

Happy Monday, friends. Not sure why we say that, really, since most folks I know aren’t all that jacked about Mondays. Me included. But hey, maybe it helps the motivation pick up a little speed, who knows. Positive thinking is always a good thing, right? So, April 2017. Which means I have survived the release…
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A Different Perspective

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday Post! We’re talking about my California anniversary trip that inspired me to write The Memory of You! If you’re just jumping on here, you can read last week’s post here. Today we’re going to to talk about perspective. Meaning, how we view things, the world, our families, friends, co-workers. Sometimes…
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#TBT – A Dream Come True!

As you may know, my upcoming release, The Memory of You, takes place in Sonoma, California. As we count down to March 28th, we thought it might be fun to use “Throwback Thursdays” to share the origin of that story, and how the seed was planted back in 2010. One of my bucket list trips…
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A Christmas Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway, going on all this week!! We have a bunch of amazing authors here, so don’t miss out, and please tell your friends! Now who doesn’t want CASH AND BOOKS at Christmas??? I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t mind! 🙂 Here’s…
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Family Matters

I grew up an only child. As much as I was loved and probably (okay, definitely) spoiled by my parents, I think part of me missed not having a sibling. There were times when it was lonely. Times when I had to use my imagination to create the extra people I thought I needed in…
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Summer Fun, France And Family!

July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it…

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What To Do After Launch Day!

May 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

So Where Hope Begins is now out in the big wide world. Godspeed, my lovely. And yesterday was a little nuts. The nerves. The onslaught of notifications. The well wishes and fun comments, and feedback. All wonderful and totally mind blowing, not to mention a tad overwhelming. Oh and did I mention a Facebook LIVE…

read more...

10 Stages of Book Birth – An Exposé

May 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

Today we are one week away from the release of my new book, Where Hope Begins. And there are a million things I should be doing right now. So I’m blogging. As you do. Also, since I connected my blog to my new website, I’m really not sure anyone is seeing it. So if you…

read more...

Write, Straight Up

May 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

Not on the rocks. Not with a splash. Maybe a twist, that’d be fun. But don’t water it down. Write what you want to say, write from you heart, and write, for the love of everything, like you mean it. If you don’t mean it, don’t waste your reader’s time, or yours. After 20 something…

read more...

Newsy Book Related Stuff and Giveaways!

March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

So blogging is clearly not at the top my ‘things to do’ list lately. Life is crazy busy and I’m working hard to carve out writing time in between babysitting and book release stuff and laundry and trying to remember to make dinner. 🙂 But anyhow, for anyone still popping over here, I’ll share a…

read more...

Full Disclosure

April 3, 2017 | 7 Comments

Happy Monday, friends. Not sure why we say that, really, since most folks I know aren’t all that jacked about Mondays. Me included. But hey, maybe it helps the motivation pick up a little speed, who knows. Positive thinking is always a good thing, right? So, April 2017. Which means I have survived the release…

read more...

A Different Perspective

March 9, 2017 | 7 Comments

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday Post! We’re talking about my California anniversary trip that inspired me to write The Memory of You! If you’re just jumping on here, you can read last week’s post here. Today we’re going to to talk about perspective. Meaning, how we view things, the world, our families, friends, co-workers. Sometimes…

read more...

#TBT – A Dream Come True!

March 2, 2017 | 18 Comments

As you may know, my upcoming release, The Memory of You, takes place in Sonoma, California. As we count down to March 28th, we thought it might be fun to use “Throwback Thursdays” to share the origin of that story, and how the seed was planted back in 2010. One of my bucket list trips…

read more...

A Christmas Giveaway!

December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway, going on all this week!! We have a bunch of amazing authors here, so don’t miss out, and please tell your friends! Now who doesn’t want CASH AND BOOKS at Christmas??? I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t mind! 🙂 Here’s…

read more...

Family Matters

October 28, 2016 | 9 Comments

I grew up an only child. As much as I was loved and probably (okay, definitely) spoiled by my parents, I think part of me missed not having a sibling. There were times when it was lonely. Times when I had to use my imagination to create the extra people I thought I needed in…

read more...

Summer Fun, France And Family!

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it down altogether, I will try and post when I can!

In June, my husband and I traveled to France for an amazing holiday that was everything we hoped for and more. We were in the Bordeaux area, and then spent a week in Provence. Seeing the countryside and the castles and the winding roads, it was all breathtaking. The history surrounding us was also something that really struck me, considering how old some of the places were that we visited. I have far too many photographs to share here, but these are a few of my favorite shots!

I found it funny that most of the poppies we came across, just growing wild everywhere, were more of an orange than red, but still beautiful. My dream was to see Provence during lavender season, and I was not disappointed! And to make me even happier, we also came across an area of field after field of sunflowers! It was truly incredible!

We spent a day on the Mediterranean, drove through many small towns and villages where the roads were so narrow you had to pray you never met a car coming the other way, and we visited the Pont du Guard, outside, Avignon, which is an ancient Roman aqueduct that was built in around the first century AD, absolutely mind blowing that it still stands today!

We returned home relaxed and recharged, and now it’s on to the rest of summer!

Book News

Where Hope Begins has been out a couple of months now, and I couldn’t be more pleased by all the support and encouragement I’ve received so far. Readers seem to be loving the story! I’m particularly happy that so far the book has been well received in the general market as well. It has always been my hope that my books will appeal to all readers, not just within the Christian market. There are so many reviews I could share, but this one in particular gave me a big smile the other day – “I’ve never read Ms. West’s work before and despite my discomfort and tendency to eschew religious themes, I was quickly immersed and fully invested in her superbly written tale” –  you can find the full review over at BooksandBindings.

I’m extremely grateful for each and every review, and every email I receive from a reader who takes the time to reach out. It really means a lot to know that my words have touched someone. And if you’re new around here, come find me on Facebook – I do a lot more posting there, and hang out more in my Readers Group. We’ll be starting a discussion of Where Hope Begins in that group in the fall! Can’t wait for that! So if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, I hope you do!

We’ve also been enjoying lots of family time, a visit from my son and his fiancee, and of course hanging out with sweet Annabel, who is now WALKING and getting cuter by the day!! We’re heading up to Canada for the rest of the summer soon, where I will be writing, writing, writing, my next book. I’m looking forward to really diving into this one with uninterrupted writing time.

So that’s about all from my desk today, I’d love to hear how your summer is going so far!

Until next time!